Top 5 cruise innovations of 2014

There were a lot of cruise innovations that were unveiled this year. While most of the major cruisbionic bare lines added something innovative to a cruise ship or two, one cruise line definitely topped the rest with some of the things they introduced to travelers in 2014. As you’re reading our top 5 list of cruise innovations this year, try to see if you can figure out what cruise ship had the most innovations in 2014.

Robot Bartenders
One of the coolest features that we’ve seen thus far are the robot bartenders on Quantum of the Seas. How it works is that you order your drinks via tablet while at the Bionic Bar. Then either the robot B1-O or N1-C pours and mixes your drink. After they make it, it is brought to you on a conveyor belt.

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Royal Caribbean introduced us to a ride that’s allows travelers a one of a kind view of the ocean. North Star features a capsule, that’s made of glass and has the capabilities to rise 128 feet above the sea. This makes for an amazing view. Norwegian introduced their own way for travelers to feel as if they are floating above the water with The Plank. Travelers can walk on a plank that extends out several feet beyond the ship. All participants have a harness secured to them to ensure their safety.

Indoor Fun
Quantum of the Seas unveiled a whole new way to entertain ourselves while onboard a cruise. SeaPlex is a sports center that is indoors and has a variety of activities bumper carsincluding volleyball, basketball and roller-skating. One of the most innovative things about SeaPlex are bumper cars. If that isn’t enough to get your adventurous juices flowing, there’s also a circus school where you can tryout the flying trapeze.

Real-Time Views
One of the worst things about being on a cruise ship and having an interior state room is not feeling like you know what’s going on outside. Virtual balconies have changed all that. These 80-inch screens that are found on Quantum of the Seas, offer real time views of the sea for guests to enjoy.

Magical Acts
Norwegian Cruise Line has brought the world of magic to the Norwegian Getaway ship. These dinner shows take places in the nclGtwyIllusionariumLobbyEntrySmallIllusionarium and feature a high level of special effects as well as mine boggling illusions from some of the top magicians in the world. Some of the tables in the back rise and fall throughout the performance and some of the seats shake as well.

Were you able to guess which ship had the most innovations in 2014? If you guessed Quantum of the Seas you are correct. With all of these new innovations, never before has it been so much fun to go on a cruise. We can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for the cruise industry.


Hotels With The Most Outrageous Christmas Decorations

Just because you are traveling during the holidays it doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice some holiday cheer. Many hotels get all decked out for Christmas in order for their guests to feel as if they are right at home. From Christmas trees, to lights, to giant reindeers, many of these hotels put forth a lot of effort in order to transform themselves into a winter wonderland.

The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans
This hotel is a breath of fresh air in a city that is known for outlandish parades and costumes. The Roosevelt Hotel is all decked out in Christmas trees, decorations and poinsettias during the holiday season. The large lobby is turned into a winter wonderland with birch branches that have been wrapped in lights, adorned from the ceiling. There’s also a gingerbread village that features Louisiana plantations. While at the hotel, guests can take part in storytelling, Teddy Bear Tea and even see Santa.

Boca Raton Resort & Club in Florida
This classy resort is all decked out for the holidays. There are over 600,000 lights on display throughout the 365 acre property. Guests are greeted with a 40-foot tree at the entrance of the hotel. Throughout the resort there are 40, fully decorated Christmas trees scattered around. Guests can take advantage of the pink ice skating rink, dinner with Santa and the holiday market.

Liberty Hotel in Boston
This hotel isn’t necessarily know for the amount of Christmas decorations it has, but the interesting way they display them. In the hotel’s 90 foot rotunda, there are 6 decorated Christmas trees that are hung, upside down, from the ceiling. In order to hang these trees, those who installed them had to hang from the ceiling’s rafters while wearing safety harnesses in order to install them.

Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas
It’s no surprise that the Bellagio has some outlandish Christmas decorations. It houses the largest indoor tree in Las Vegas, which stands at 42 feet tall. There are topiary polar bears that are made out of about 24,000 white carnations, a chocolate coated 8 foot tall reindeer and a large candy house. A favorite among visitors is the fountain that seems to dance along to holiday music.

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville
The decorations at this resort are over the top for sure. Over 2 million Christmas lights are on display as well as a Frosty the Snowman themed ice sculpture. There are many different holiday themed activities that occur during the month of December, including the production of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular where spectators can get a glimpse of the famous Rockettes.
Having to stay at a hotel during the holidays isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it may just be the highlight of your trip with all of the outrageous decorations and fun holiday activities going on.


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